Mission Possible: Former Education Technology Executives
Launch Digital Learning Alliance to Re-Ignite Economic Growth
“Education IS Economics”
Changing the Way Schools Prepare Students for the Workforce
Washington, D.C - Fact: America used to be a world-class center of education and – a “can-do” Land of Opportunity where workers and managers traditionally put their heads together in order to come up with enterprising solutions that made life better for everyone. So what went wrong during the Great Recession? How did the supremely productive society that rebuilt Europe after World War Two and then put the first human on the moon end up fumbling its way through an economic debacle that shows few signs of ending in 2014?
“To solve our economic problems, we have to completely transform the way in which schools use state-of-the-art technology tools to educate the workers of tomorrow.” Says DLA co-founder and president Dane Goodfellow, a former longtime executive at IBM and a nationally recognized expert in digital learning, “There’s no doubt that America’s current inability to drive consistent economic growth hinges primarily on our inability to graduate and educate high-skilled workers who can compete in the global economy.” At DLA, operated by leaders in education, technology, and economics, the energizing motto is crystal-clear: “Education IS Economics!”
The DLA solution: tap into the managerial savvy and the engineering know-how to be found at some of America’s most successful and emerging, blue-chip digital technology and education companies in order to help all of America’s schools (kindergarten through college) build the kind of truly effective, state-of-the-art education technology programs that can best help students succeed. These programs, when effectively implemented, will help lessen the workload of teachers and make them more effective at educating students with 24x7 metrics, intervention tools, and instructional support.
Alarming: 80 Million Unqualified Workers for High-Tech Jobs by 2020
A recent Harvard University study shows that American public school students currently trail 31 countries in math proficiency and 16 in reading proficiency. The report goes on to say that by increasing math proficiency to the levels of Canada and Korea the U.S can gain an unheralded economic return on investment (ROI) of $75 trillion over the next 80 years. But in another alarming trend, Goodfellow cites a study which warns that by 2020, more than 80 million workers will be unqualified for the high skill jobs of the 21st century and could go unfilled in the U.S. – simply because American workers don’t have the high-tech skills required for them.
To change that frightening equation, Digital Learning Alliance, led by former IBM, Dell, and technology-savvy staff, have put together a comprehensive “road map” and “legislative policy best practices” that are currently helping federal educators in Washington – along with influential legislators in 44 states and growing – to radically re-design and rebuild their digital-technology education systems from top to bottom.
Says the upbeat and fiercely determined Goodfellow, who has pledged his expertise indefinitely and vows to lead the DLA campaign “for as long as it takes” to bring about the necessary change: “Solving America’s economic problems by changing the way our schools prepare students for the workforce is critically important right now. We simply cannot afford to allow the decline in education to continue.”
“The future of our kids and our grandkids depends on getting this right!”
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The mission of DLA is to help students of every age by providing education research, policy best practices, and initiative templates to solve dozens of educational issues by leveraging proven digital learning technologies, which can multiply the effectiveness of teachers and enable students to achieve their full potential.